Annoying having to log in twice

At some point in the past something changed. I’ve no idea what or when and it wasn’t something I did. But now when I go to log in I get:

wordpress login Error: cookies are blocked or not supported by your browser. You must enable cookies to use WordPress.

Logging in a second time works.

This gives me the creeps because it is identical to a particular method of stealing login credentials I worked out (and used!) when at college many years go.

Today I had the time to investigate it and, oh dear. It does depress me when I see an error has been around for years and has multiple solutions proposed. I just know it will take me hours to work it out and, no doubt, other things will break.

So, some hours later, I’ve edited the

EDIT: And now I can’t post properly either. It would not let me post the above and when I tried to retrieve it, half it it was lost.

I’ve applied updates, edited the php_config.php, updated php on the server, ensured I’m using an out-of-the-box theme, disabled plugins and done a health check. Now the site is complaining it is not using HTTPS so as well as the original problem, I now have a new one. Exactly as predicted.

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